OSU confirms Anderson as new baseball coach

Wednesday, June 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Frank Anderson, who as pitching coach at Texas helped the Longhorns win the 2002 NCAA championship, has been hired as head baseball coach at Oklahoma State, university officials announced Wednesday.

Anderson replaces Tom Holliday, who was fired last month after failing to lead the Cowboys to the NCAA tournament for two straight seasons.

Anderson is charged with restoring a traditional baseball power that also has missed the NCAAs three of the last four years.

The 44-year-old said he chose the job at OSU because of that tradition and because the community strongly supports college baseball. He also believes there is a lot of talent on the team.

``There are some good position players in place, but you may need to shore up the pitching a bit,'' said Anderson, wearing a black-and-orange OSU cap at a ceremony in Stillwater.

Anderson coached Texas pitchers from 2000-2003. The Longhorns made the College World Series three times during that span, posting the nation's second-highest team ERA in 2002.

Prior to coaching at Texas, Anderson was an assistant coach at Texas Tech from 1990-1999.

Anderson, a native of Grant, Neb., played at Emporia State and Mid-Plains Junior College. He has a master's degree from Emporia State in exercise physiology.